I received my Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan in 2012, and am currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014) at Ripon College in Wisconsin.
My research focuses on the intersection of health, inequality, and the body in social life. In my dissertation, I explored the concept of bodily capital, specifically as it is built up, exchanged, and used to negotiate status differences in personal trainer-client relationships. I also investigated the how the fit-appearing physiques of trainers provide a degree of moral and health authority in their interactions with clients. This research has recently been published in the journal, Social Science & Medicine.
I have also written on the Sociology of Diagnosis and co-edited a volume in the Advances in Medical Sociology series. My other research has included a qualitative study of how appearance choices are connected to "post-closet" gay and lesbian identities (Symbolic Interaction); as well as a collaborative content analysis researching contemporary advice books to parents of gay and lesbian children (Journal of Family Issues).
Research interests: Health and Illness, Inequalities, Body/Embodiment, Gender, Sexualities, Culture, Qualitative Methods.